Robert Smithson’s Influence

Sam Durant, Altamont 1969, 1998, graphite on paper, courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

The UMFA’s latest exhibition, The Smithson Effect, explores artist Robert Smithson’s lasting influence on contemporary artists. Smithson is perhaps best know for his monumental earthwork, Spiral Jetty, located in a remote part of the Great Salt Lake, and many of the works in The Smithson Effect do address the importance of Spiral Jetty. Other works within the exhibition look at Smithson’s focus on language, site versus non-site and entropy.

On Saturday April 2nd at 2 pm, three of the artists from The Smithson Effect will be speaking about their work at the UMFA. Sam Durant, Melanie Smith and Matthew Coolidge will each give a short talk and then join together for a panel discussion. This program is free and open to the public. Join us!

The Smithson Effect will be on display through July 3, 2011.

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